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Poster: SocialismFor America Date: Sep 1, 2004 3:09pm
Forum: election_2004 Subject: Eviormental Justice

Environmental Justice

The Socialist Party recognizes that the mechanisms in capitalism that oppress and alienate humans are the same mechanisms that destroy the environment.

We call for public ownership and democratic control of all our natural resources in order to conserve resources, preserve our wilderness areas, and restore environmental quality.
We call for placing financial responsibility on private companies for cleaning up their own toxic wastes.

We call for requiring manufacturers to contribute to research and development of new technologies for cleaning up and preventing future toxic wastes.

We oppose any policies that encourage corporations to place local municipal landfills, toxic waste disposal sites, or incinerators in minority communities.

We call for legal action against any U.S. corporation that violates any U.S. environmental laws in the operation of facilities overseas.
Worker Protection

We support the creation of a Superfund for Workers that would pay a worker’s full wages and health insurance as well as necessary educational and/or retraining costs if that worker loses a job due to environmental transition, downsizing, corporate dismantlement, or capital flight.

Natural Resources

We support a policy of no clear cutting in commercial forestry, a ban on commercial cutting in old-growth forests, and an environmentally sound timber policy that takes into account the historical ecology of the region.

We call for endangered species protection that focuses on habitat-centered protection for plants and animals.

We support the democratic management of grazing lands, safe drinking water, and stringent air pollution standards.
Environmental Policy

We oppose nuclear power projects and call for the immediate decommissioning of all nuclear power plants, a ban on the export of nuclear technology, and any efforts to use nuclear technology in space.

We support large-scale environmental restoration efforts.

We support the recycling of glass, metals, plastic, paper, and chemicals, and creating markets for recycled materials.

We call for reforestation programs that will include preservation of an ecological balance in existing forest areas.

We support mass development of solar technology and other renewable, non-polluting energy sources.

We call for shutting down waste incinerators, and phasing out landfills. We also support Research and Development efforts into recycling technology.

We call for municipal ownership and control of energy plants, in a non-profit and decentralized system that assures the most careful use of natural resources.

We call for the development of alternative energy sources including solar, geothermal, wind, hydropower, and biomass.

We call for a sliding-scale index, which is in favor of low-income people to ensure that all people have access to utility services.


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Poster: tom w. Date: Sep 1, 2004 3:49pm
Forum: election_2004 Subject: Re: Eviormental Justice

i agree with many of your sentiments.
but i wish you'd address my peceding post as to how the system you propose can flow from the existing system.

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Poster: SocialismFor America Date: Sep 3, 2004 12:48pm
Forum: election_2004 Subject: Re: Eviormental Justice

Tom: The system we have now is a very corrupt one. Capitolism has destroyed people's rights and replaced them with fears. Capitolism trys to make us think that trading in our freedoms for "safety" is the right thing to do. However, there is no real safety in this country, one way or another the Goverment takes and takes from our freedoms until the point where Goverment it's self is more dangerous than what they are "protecting" us from. So what we would do is this..we would eliminate this Capitolist system that corrupts our everyday lives, and replace it with a friendly socialist system dedicated to helping you Live life on your feet, rather than on your knees.

Our first priority, is to possibly organize a "congressional convention" of some nature and set forth laws that rid us of our filthy anti-rights system. A congressional majority would be the only way to really make the systems "flow" together to answer your question. I hope this was of some help to you.